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Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Speaking from experience, Sleeth challenges us to simplify in every area of life - in our homes, technology and finances. She then gently encourages us to spend time focusing on what really matters - nature, service, security, community, families and faith. Using the Amish communities as an example, we are given practical examples of how to achieve simplicity in a modern world. No, she does not recommend living "off the grid" and giving up our cars in exchange for horses, but she does show us how to tread lightly on the earth and readjust our priorities to become ones who live a life actively seeking after God and showing him to others through our actions.
Short chapters and a down-to-earth writing style made Almost Amish easy to devour in a day. I have started to ponder the changes necessary to make life less frantic once again and, although it will be a slow process (my daughter informed me that she cannot live without technology), I know that the benefits will far outweigh the sacrifices. I encourage you to slow down enough to read Almost Amish - it just might change your life.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The book covers the following topics:
* Keeping your home uncluttered and clean
* Preventing technology from ruling you
* Saving more & spending less
* Spending more time in nature
* Simplifying your life
* Serving others
* Finding Security in God
* Building a community
All great issues to cover, yes? The problem arises in the tone of the writing. The author and her husband are Practically Perfect in Every Way. And you, Dear Reader, are not. The tone felt very condescending to me; so much so that I did not want to finish reading the book after a few chapters. If you're able to get past the guilt-trips, you can find a few good tips here. However, if, like me, you're sensitive to that "know-it-all" feel, you may want to skip this one.
Personally, I was hoping for an interesting book about one family's journey to more responsible living. Unfortunately it was more impersonal than that, and I couldn't relate to the book on that level.
Touchy-feelieness aside, I was hoping for creative ideas. There the book hit paydirt. There are some good ideas. Unfortunately they are delivered as a sort of lecture, which wasn't very appealing.
On the whole, I'd say this is a book to check out at the library before you consider buying. The constant reference to the Amish, which wasn't necessary, and which presented their life in truly glowing terms, was sort of silly. In addition, I can't shake the feeling that there was an undercurrent of implied superiority. Which of course, grates on my nerves because I hate competition.
1) This woman doesn't know much about the Amish, certainly not more than what you could find on the internet or in a Beverly Lewis novel. I doubt she's spent much time face-to-face with any Amish people. Her references are vague and sort of forced. It's like she took the philosophy she already had and tried to wrap Amish traditions around it to make it fit the theme of her book.
2) This woman thinks she's the "bees knees" and the "cat's meow." I tried, I really tried to like this book but I could not help feeling a sense of condescension. She just goes on and on about everything she and her husband have done to create this simple lifestyle, to stay out of debt, to live off the land, etc. etc. Funny thing is, I agree with all that stuff!! I already do a lot of it and wish I could do more.
I just resented the impression she gave that she and her husband are doing it for spiritual reasons. Really?? No, they are doing it because they enjoy it! It is a hobby for them, like golf or sailing or scrapbooking is for other people. Has it always been easy for them? No, I'm sure it hasn't. But when you read the stories in her book, you realize that this was sort of their "natural bent" in the first place. It's ok that they get a kick out of this. And it's even ok for them to suggest that others might benefit from it. But to make it into a "thus saith the Lord" is a stretch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nancy Sleeth does a wonderful job of suggesting practical ways of simplifying your life. She covers several areas of everyday living. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Hard Hat Stickers People
In general, I found this book to be great. I enjoyed the many suggestions from the book and I have applied some of them to my life (an example would be to take a break from the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bree Ecklid
I live in Amish country, so I didn't find anything especially revolutionary here. I already have a working knowledge on what the Amish are all about. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Whoever
The title of the book is a little misleading. I thought I was buying a book that talks of self sufficiency and a slower way of life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lucy Daugherty
really enjoyed the read... good thoughts, great insights and truth revealing suggestions for a less commercially driven life. It can help bring freedom.Published 11 months ago by O. Reid
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am trying to "simplify" my life and this book is full of ways to accomplish that. It is an easy read with practical information.Published 13 months ago by D L Royal